#67: Lesley Fox on Minks, COVID-19, & the End of Fur

#67: Lesley Fox on Minks, COVID-19, & the End of Fur

 
 
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November 13, 2020

Episode 67 of Paw & Order features an in-depth interview with Lesley Fox, executive director of The Fur-Bearers, who is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable and dedicated anti-fur voices. Lesley and Camille discuss troubling COVID-19 mutations found in mink farms, companies dropping fur, cities banning fur sales, and why the writing is on the wall for the abusive fur industry.

There’s also plenty in the news! Jessica and Camille discuss two new films about activist Regan Russell, who lost her life in June after being run over by a truck transporting pigs to slaughter. “There Was A Killing” by Earthlings filmmaker Shaun Monson hit the internet this month, and Cavelight Films’ “We Are Their Voice: The Regan Russell Story”, is coming soon.

In other news, the Canadian government is considering new regulations for plant-based meat products, and wants the word “simulated” to appear on any package that is meat-like. Have your say in the consultation!

Swine flu has been detected in Alberta—more evidence that factory farming pigs could cause the next pandemic. Camille & Jessica also discuss a well-researched Corporate Knights article about why animal testing is ineffective, cruel, and rapidly becoming obsolete, including some of the work being done in Canada to speed along this process. Additionally, the hosts discuss a new piece by Jessica discussing renewed hope in the fight against climate change with Joe Biden as the next US president.

The heroes for this episode are Denver, Colorado, which just voted by referendum to repeal a 30-year old pit bull ban (your move, Ontario!), and Wellesley, Massachusetts, which just became the first city outside of California to vote to outlaw fur sales. Bravo! The zero is the federal Minister of Agriculture, who recently announced a new pork promotion and research agency (the same week as the swine flu case, go figure).

Thank you to our sponsors Elimento and The Grinning Goat. Use code PAW15 to save 15% on your purchase at grinninggoat.ca, and PAWS15 for 15% off your next order at elimento.com

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Special thanks:

To our producer, Shannon Milling, and podcast editor Micahl Contos.

To Kevin Lacroix for the podcast logo and for the musical sting in our podcast intro.

To DJ Quads for our intro, transition and outro music.